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Old 08-11-2008, 02:07 PM   #1
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Anxiety causes brain burps/spasms/jumps/skip?

Hi,

I'm a veteren PAD and GAD sufferer - going back to early 1997.

I've been well controlled for this past many years with Xanax .5mg, 'as needed' - going long stretches between 'attacks' of anxiety with no meds, and using Xanax only when the anxiety gets really bad. (I haven't had a full blown Panic Attack in 3 yrs - and it seems I've 'settled out' to GAD alone).

Lately I've noticed something new and a bit alarming - and I could really use your input. Please.

I first noticed it while reading - its almost like my brain 'skips a beat' or something - a brain-burp of some kind - very hard to describe.

I'll be reading along - and suddenly my brain just stops processing momentarily (probably only for a couple of seconds). I have to look away and refocus my eyes ... or sometimes even jerking my leg, or any big mulsce group, works. I often feel a bit spacey before these brain-skips happen.

Always been a voracious reader - so this is really upsetting.

Hubby says he thinks I am, (for want of a better word), hypnotizing myself by concentrating too hard on reading (especially when I'm tired) - but I've noticed lately that it is happening sometimes, when I'm watching TV too - and especially if I'm tired.

It seems to happen when I'm concentrating - and sometimes (not always) seems to be associated somehow with memory. There are times when this happens that I have to WORK for a few distressing seconds to capture a fleeting memory - like its RIGHT there, but I have to work to grab it.

I have a hunch this MAY be anxiety related (in fact, I hope it IS, coz its scarying me silly) - although, I've searched and searched and haven't found anyone with a similar symptom.

Can anyone here relate to this odd ball symptom? Do you think this is anxiety related? (I have had extra stressors in my life this past year). It's really got me worried.

Thank you for ANY responses,
-A

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Old 08-15-2008, 10:17 AM   #2
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Re: Anxiety causes brain burps/spasms/jumps/skip?

I had this for the first time in the middle of a SEVERE panic attack two nights ago that brought me to the er. Felt like a 'spark' or something. The only other thing I can think of is a mild siezure??? I woould tell the doc about it and get an eeg just to make sure you're not having seizures.

 
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Re: Anxiety causes brain burps/spasms/jumps/skip?

Hello...I know exactly what you are describing...and I agree with the other poster that you need to be evaluated with an EEG(that is a brain wave test...painless...they just attach little wires with glue to areas of your head and you just shut your eyes and relax.I'm not sure if what you are having is exactly what I have,but yes it sounds like it could be a seizure type thing without being unconscious.A good neurologist will be able to help you....don't get panicky about this....sometimes just a change in what you're eatting can help with this problem.There are all kinds of reasons that brain waves can be off...like peri and post menopause hormone fluctuations,too much msg,nitrates,yeast,caffeine,etc.If you're having this problem I'd suggest easing off of watching tv and reading and not looking into bright lights...all these things can trigger an episode.Does it seems like a sudden change in noise will trigger that feeling also?Hope you find out soon so you don't have to be guessing what's goping on...take care....Scout

 
Old 08-16-2008, 03:05 AM   #4
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Re: Anxiety causes brain burps/spasms/jumps/skip?

when i am in mid panic attacks I often find me telling myself to do something but being but I am almost petrified. My limbs don't feel heavier, it just seems that everything reqiures an extreme amount of mental effort to do.

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Re: Anxiety causes brain burps/spasms/jumps/skip?

Brain Zaps are a well known side effect of antidepressant withdrawal but they can happen (esp with long term intermittent use) with benzos as well.

Going on and off xanax may have triggered something.

 
Old 08-18-2008, 06:27 AM   #6
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Re: Anxiety causes brain burps/spasms/jumps/skip?

Thank you so much for the thoughtful replies.

I have wondered whether these episodes might be seizure related - scary thought - but will definitely have it checked.

I've also just begun reading about the many side-effects of and/or withdrawals from of benzos - and it DOES sound very much like what I've been experiencing.

It's 'funny' because I asked my doctor, about a year ago now, if there was something better/different that I could take for sleep, and she told me to just stay on the Xanax as I was 'used to them.' What a dumb thing for a doctor to say, given what I've been reading about how addictive they can be - and how hard to get OFF them.

In light of what I've been reading about benzos, it makes me wonder why they are not classed as a 'controlled substance' where the doc has to write triplecet prescriptions and account for every one they write.

Going to call once the doctor's office is open, and get an appt for asap. Also going to ask about tapering off the Xanax.

Thank you so much!
-A

 
Old 08-18-2008, 06:51 AM   #7
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Post disappeared? Is this a seizure?

I asked this question before, but my post seems to have disappeared.

I also asked this question on the Anxiety Board, and the replies seem to indicate that it sounds like a seizure - so asking again.

I've been taking Xanax for a number of years (as needed) for Panic and Generlized Anxiety (0.5 mg) and have always been cautious to ONLY take when needed.

Lately, I've noticed something weird that has me worried.

When I'm reading/concentrating - I will some time experience a brain blip of some kind - as if my brain just suddenly stops processing for a second or two. When this happens - I have to look away, and refocus my eyes - or intentionally jerk my leg or arm - to 'restart' my brain.

Most recently, I've also noticed this when I'm watching TV.

Its like my brain suddenly 'changes the channel' - and I'll find myself thinking of something else ... and working hard to remember what I HAD been thinking about.

Does this sound like seizure activity to you? If so, what KIND of seizure would this be?

Does this sound more like a tolerance/addiction/withdrawal/side effects issue with the Xanax? I don't think so - but I don't know.

I'm going to make an appt to go in and see the doctor - but would like to know more before I go in, so that I know what I should be asking.

Thank you for ANY input you care to provide.
-A

 
Old 08-18-2008, 10:17 AM   #8
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Re: Post disappeared? Is this a seizure?

alchemyst, your description sounds like what I would imagine an absence seizure would feel like. I've never experienced these, though. They occur mostly in children and teens.

The link below has background on absence seizures.

[url]http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/petit-mal-seizure/DS00216[/url]

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Old 06-10-2010, 02:43 AM   #9
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Re: Anxiety causes brain burps/spasms/jumps/skip?

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Hi,

I'm a veteren PAD and GAD sufferer - going back to early 1997.

I've been well controlled for this past many years with Xanax .5mg, 'as needed' - going long stretches between 'attacks' of anxiety with no meds, and using Xanax only when the anxiety gets really bad. (I haven't had a full blown Panic Attack in 3 yrs - and it seems I've 'settled out' to GAD alone).

Lately I've noticed something new and a bit alarming - and I could really use your input. Please.

I first noticed it while reading - its almost like my brain 'skips a beat' or something - a brain-burp of some kind - very hard to describe.

I'll be reading along - and suddenly my brain just stops processing momentarily (probably only for a couple of seconds). I have to look away and refocus my eyes ... or sometimes even jerking my leg, or any big mulsce group, works. I often feel a bit spacey before these brain-skips happen.

Always been a voracious reader - so this is really upsetting.

Hubby says he thinks I am, (for want of a better word), hypnotizing myself by concentrating too hard on reading (especially when I'm tired) - but I've noticed lately that it is happening sometimes, when I'm watching TV too - and especially if I'm tired.

It seems to happen when I'm concentrating - and sometimes (not always) seems to be associated somehow with memory. There are times when this happens that I have to WORK for a few distressing seconds to capture a fleeting memory - like its RIGHT there, but I have to work to grab it.

I have a hunch this MAY be anxiety related (in fact, I hope it IS, coz its scarying me silly) - although, I've searched and searched and haven't found anyone with a similar symptom.

Can anyone here relate to this odd ball symptom? Do you think this is anxiety related? (I have had extra stressors in my life this past year). It's really got me worried.

Thank you for ANY responses,
-A

My brain also has been showing abnormal signs and symptoms of a simalar case where it has been like a jerking not so much snapping but like a slight movement sensation like an unsteady c skull or brain stem, i also think this is what my speech is impared which may be related ive a lack of confidence and my memorie is now beginning to show stressfull indications of loss where i am 17 almost 18 year old it would highly be doubtfull of any occourences of altziemers just yet but nuron damage due to this friction or force may be casuing this.
I have also underwent alot of stress and anxiety at a training course ive taken for the last 2 years ive been getting abuse from the disruptive bullying behaviour agaisnt me and this has caused me alot of stress and anxiety therfore it has had a real bad effect on my mental health and now its starting to really take its toll on my thinking and actions. this jerking occourance happens when like you said, ''concentrating'' it would jerk, move inside sometimes when in bed trying to get to sleep i would feel the sensation also and this could also make me tremble sometimes and also think about death and other releated stressfull events. curiousity can also have its effect on this occourance if i was very curiouse about thaughts of evalution for example i would go into extreme thinking then suddenly this occourance would happen then i would loose concentration and give up on my planned thaughts.
Ive spoken to my local docter on this he tested my vision and said its probally just a normal cracking sensation that appears in the neck but im highly doubtfull about that as it does ont feel no were in or near the neck it feels more on a seriouse note occouring inside the brain i dont know what i should do and i need people with this similar problem to please reassure me and give me feedback onto this subject.

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Old 06-10-2010, 11:47 AM   #10
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Re:My eyes jump,and are tired

Hi, I am new to all this . I do not know what PAD and GAD stands for, I am sorry to say. I can say that I have been through some things. Years ago I had some seizures that lasted 6hrs non stop. My husband told me this. My Dr.was a speacialist but in a differant field and so brought in another specialist because he couldn't get the seizures to stop they told him they weren't sure I was going to live. They did get them stopped as you can tell. I had to look my home over when I finally made it home 2-3 months later. I couldn't remember so much of it. When my family talks about things I don't always remember what there talking about even though I might have been there. I lost a chunk of my memory. I ended up with short term memory loss too. My eyes will jump periodically, I believe if I read too much. I have seizures if I stress out toooo much and it takes a lot to stress me out. My adding abilities were really low. It was really bad (But) I was able to see all the good things that came out of my illness. I have other health issues too. I told the neurologist's nurse that I felt like a chip was missing out of my brain and the she said," they hear that a lot from people that have gone through the seizures that we've gone through." My neurologist told me to continue to read and learn and to work on my memory so I am learning spanish. I hope this helps. I also need to become more computer saavy. Never thought I'd say that because I just love to be around people. The computer was not my cup of tea so to speak. May the Lord Bless You Take Care almr

 
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Re:My eyes jump,and are tired

Hi, I am new to all this . I do not know what PAD and GAD stands for, I am sorry to say. I can say that I have been through some things. Years ago I had some seizures that lasted 6hrs non stop. My husband told me this. My Dr.was a speacialist but in a differant field and so brought in another specialist because he couldn't get the seizures to stop they told him they weren't sure I was going to live. They did get them stopped as you can tell. I had to look my home over when I finally made it home 2-3 months later. I couldn't remember so much of it. When my family talks about things I don't always remember what there talking about even though I might have been there. I lost a chunk of my memory. I ended up with short term memory loss too. My eyes will jump periodically, I believe if I read too much. I have seizures if I stress out toooo much and it takes a lot to stress me out. My adding abilities were really low. It was really bad (But) I was able to see all the good things that came out of my illness. I have other health issues too. I told the neurologist's nurse that I felt like a chip was missing out of my brain and the she said," they hear that a lot from people that have gone through the seizures that we've gone through." My neurologist told me to continue to read and learn and to work on my memory so I am learning spanish. I hope this helps. I also need to become more computer saavy. Never thought I'd say that because I just love to be around people. The computer was not my cup of tea so to speak. May the Lord Bless You Take Care almr


Can i just give just a word of advice here Almr

When Doing you memory practice ie Learning (Spanish) Try to relax, think of it as you want to learn the language and you enjoy doing so, set yourself a target to learn say 40 words per day (sorry if thats an bad example.) And just make sure you keep that thaught of havibg to learn this like its a chore or a job out of youre head. When stressfull thaught and thinking occour negative body nuron fluid occours inside the brain causing that fluid to damage and shrink the memorie sectors cells particulary 'short term'. If having trouble dealing with stress i will advice you to see you're local doctor or even just arrange to see a counciler to chat with and discuss why you are feeling down to try improve youre way of life and well being and keep those negative thaughts in the past.

Well hope this was a help to an extent for you Almr and i wish you all the best.

Ryan.

 
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Re: Anxiety causes brain burps/spasms/jumps/skip?

What you describe is a common occurance when you are overstressed... it's your brain's way of telling you it's on overload. This often occurs with people who have lots of anxiety, or suffering from burnout or depression. But before you conclude that this is the cause, you should consult with your doctor to determine if there are any physiological causes to your problem. Age, hormone levels, sugar balances could all be contributing factors. Next, look up relaxation and self-care techniques such as relaxation, meditation, breathing, journalling. If work is stressful, consider taking a break or changing your environment. Hope this helps.

 
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